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Tommy Joseph | First Baseman | #19

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/16/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 2 (0) / SF
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Rangers sent first baseman Tommy Joseph outright to Double-A Frisco.
Joseph could have become a free agent, but he has decided to accept the assignment. It will be interesting to see if the Rangers try him in left field in the minors; he played there a bit with the Phillies this spring, and while he doesn't have the speed to be an asset there, if he can just catch what he gets to, he'd probably be at least as good of an option as Ryan Rua for the Rangers. Apr 2 - 2:22 PM

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Tommy Joseph has cleared waivers, but is still deciding on whether or not he'll be stay in the Rangers' organization.

Joseph was claimed by the Rangers from the Phillies in the middle of March, but was never likely to make the 25-man roster. He'll have his choice of heading to Triple-A Little Rock, or joining another organization where he might have a better chance of playing in the majors.
Mar 31 - 5:04 PM

Rangers designated 1B Tommy Joseph for assignment.

Rangers GM Jon Daniels indicated that this move would likely be coming two weeks ago, soon after the team claimed Joseph from the Phillies. Texas will hope the 26-year-old first baseman passes through waivers and can be stashed at Triple-A Round Rock.
Mar 29 - 11:32 AM

Rangers' general manager Jon Daniels said Monday that the recently claimed Tommy Joseph is unlikely to crack the Opening Day roster.

Daniels noted that Joseph is likely to get regular at-bats at either Triple-A Round Rock or Double-A Frisco to begin the season. It will likely take an injury at the big league level for him to get an opportunity.
Mar 19 - 7:37 PM

Rangers claimed 1B Tommy Joseph off waivers from the Phillies.

Philadelphia designated the 26-year-old first baseman for assignment last week to open a 40-man roster for Jake Arrieta. Joseph tallied 22 home runs and 69 RBI in 142 games last season, but it came with an ugly .240/.289/.432 overall batting line. The 26-year-old right-hander will presumably act as a right-handed bench bat for Texas with Joey Gallo locked in as the everyday first baseman.
Mar 19 - 2:40 PM

Phillies designated 1B Tommy Joseph for assignment.

The move clears space on the 40-man roster for the arrival of Jake Arrieta. Joseph entered last season as the Phillies' starting first baseman and wound up hitting 22 homers, but he batted just .240/.289/.432 overall and there was no longer a fit for him on the roster. He's not arbitration-eligible until after 2019 and could draw some interest on waivers.
Mar 12 - 6:12 PM

Tommy Joseph went 2-for-2 with a double as the Phillies' left fielder Tuesday.

He even made a sliding catch. Joseph would have been traded if the Phillies could have gotten anything for him, but the team didn't want to simply lose him for nothing. It still might work out that way eventually. Joseph doesn't have the foot speed to play a competent outfield, and it'll be difficult for the Phillies to carry him when they have Carlos Santana at first and Rhys Hoskins lumbering around in left. The hope should be that he impresses another team this spring.
Feb 27 - 5:26 PM

Tommy Joseph went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in a win over the Dodgers on Wednesday.

He cracked an RBI double in the second inning, then popped a solo homer off reliever Ross Stripling to give his team a lead in the seventh. Joseph has been a bit of a disappointment in his second season, seeing a dropoff in both his contact and power skills. He has a .239/.288/.436 slash line with 22 homers and 68 RBI in 135 games. He may not be granted a roster slot next year with Rhys Hoskins looking like the future at first base for the Phillies.
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 01:10:00 AM

Tommy Joseph remains out of the Phillies' lineup Tuesday against the Dodgers.

He'll sit again with Rhys Hoskins making another start at first base. Aaron Altherr, Odubel Herrera, and Nick Williams will start across the Phillies' outfield.
Tue, Sep 19, 2017 02:50:00 PM

Tommy Joseph is not in Monday's lineup against the Dodgers.

Joseph will sit with Rhys Hoskins making the start at first base. Aaron Altherr will start in left field while Odubel Herrera is back in the lineup in center field.
Mon, Sep 18, 2017 02:48:00 PM

Tommy Joseph went 2-for-4 as the Phillies rallied to beat the Marlins on Friday night.

Both of Joseph's hits in the contest were singles. He was the only player in the lineup to tally multiple hits, as the Phillies finished with just six hits as a team. With the two-hit attack, he's now slashing .242/.293/.430 with 19 homers and 63 RBI on the year.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 10:45:00 PM

Tommy Joseph went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and a double against the Marlins on Thursday.

Josephad a big series, collecting three homers and three doubles in the four games. He needs to keep it up to have much chance of remaining in the lineup next month. The Phillies have been planning to shift Rhys Hoskins to first base once Aaron Altherr returns from the disabled list.
Thu, Aug 24, 2017 05:26:00 PM

Tommy Joseph homered in both games of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Marlins, finishing the day 3-for-8.

The homers were the first for Joseph since he hit his 16th on July 28. He needs a big surge and he needs it now to avoid losing much of his playing time next month after Aaron Altherr returns to the outfield. The Phillies are intending to shift Rhys Hoskins to first base when that happens.
Tue, Aug 22, 2017 11:51:00 PM

Tommy Joseph is back in the Phillies' lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Marlins.

The struggling Joseph is back in the lineup after sitting the previous two games. He's in the middle of a 5-for-56 slump which has brought his batting line down to .236/.292/.412 on the year.
Tue, Aug 22, 2017 02:57:00 PM

Tommy Joseph is not in the Phillies' lineup Saturday against the Giants.

The Phillies wanted to keep Jorge Alfaro's bat in the lineup, so he'll get the nod at first base. Joseph could probably use a day off to clear his head anyway. He's in the midst of 1-for-23 skid and has struggled to a .119 average for the month of August.
Sat, Aug 19, 2017 06:51:00 PM

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